Leaked Tape Committee: Three Police Officers To Appear On Thursday- Atta Akyea3 min read
Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, Chairman of the seven-member bi-partisan Committee probing into the secret recording of an alleged plot to remove Dr George Akuffo Dampare, IGP, says three Police officers whose names were mentioned on Monday’s public hearing will make an appearance on Thursday.
“Our next meeting is on Thursday. COP George Alex Mensah will appear, Superintendent Asare, and Superintendent Emmanuel Gyebi will also appear.
“The other people on the tape would be called as the issues were far-reaching and could not just end with the authentication of the tape and the things said in it by Mr Naabu,” he said.
Mr Akyea said when he addressed the media after the Committee’s public hearing.
During his testimony, Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu, Paramount Chief of Namong at Yunyoo in the North East Region in the Mamprugu Kingdom confirmed his voice in the alleged leaked tape and cited three others he engaged in the conversation with at his office in Osu.
“The truth is that the tape is there and the voice there is my voice with the three others I spoke with,” he told the Committee.
Mr Naabu also the former Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) mentioned “one Commander Asare, based at Police Depot, Commissioner of Police, Mensah, currently on leave before his retirement and Gyebi, a Police Superintendent based at the Police Headquarters whom he had never met before but spoke with on the phone as the other three” he engaged in the conversation.
He told the Committee the two senior officers approached him with an agenda to advocate the removal of the Inspector General of Police adding, “The reason behind this request, as conveyed by the officers, was that Dr Akuffo Damapre’s actions were perceived to align more closely with the interests of the opposition NDC, thereby potentially undermining the ruling party’s chances in the upcoming 2024 elections,” he said.
According to him, the request by the top officers scared him, hence his decision to record them to make it difficult for any denial.
Mr Akyea, also an NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, said the authentication of the audio by Mr Naabu, was a “positive judicial confession.”
“This is what they call a positive judicial confession. What more do you need? A man affirms on oath that this is my voice on tape, I did the recording, and the individual voices who were with me are the following. I think that this is the basic material that we are going to work with,” he told the media in Parliament House.
On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, a leaked audio recording allegedly involving a Police Commissioner and a politician discussing a plot to remove IGP Dampare from office circulated.
Consequently, Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, constituted a seven-member bi-partisan Committee to probe into a secret recording of an alleged plot to remove Dr Dampare, IGP from office ahead of the 2024 general election.
The Committee, which has up to September 10, 2023, to report back to the House is made up of three members each from the Majority and Minority sides of Parliament, and a technical person.
The committee is chaired by Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, NPP MP for Abuakwa South with Mr James Agalga, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Builsa North as the Vice-Chairman.
It has Mr Patrick Yaw Boamah, NPP MP for Okaikwei Central; Madam Ophelia Mensah, NPP MP for Mfantseman; Mr Eric Opoku, NDC MP for Asunafo South and Mr Peter Lanchene Tuobu, NDC MP for Wa West as members of the Committee.
Dr Isaac Lartey Annang, a lawyer and a human rights activist, is a technical person appointed by Mr Bagbin.